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Gareth Phillips is a professional punter and veteran of the betting industry, and the man behind our Gareth’s Winners horse racing membership.

He has a very long and interesting background in form analysis and punting.. he’s a true lifer, having started full-time when he left school and never stopping!

Gareth Phillips: Background

Like many pro punters, Gareth started out as an analyst for Mark Read, where he was mentored by some of the leading racing analysts in the country.

After that, Gareth spent almost twenty years working for a private betting syndicate led by a Queensland punter, known in betting circles as the “olden day Zjelko”. Gareth analysed form and devised betting strategies for this syndicate with hugely profitable results.

He was then recruited to ‘jump the fence’ and work for major bookmakers, starting at Sportingbet (which was acquired by William Hill Australia, in turn acquired by BetEasy).

Gareth then moved to Ladbrokes where “I pretty much had to do it all myself there (at the corporates). Database, trading, pricing and framing markets, form… the whole lot.”

He was required to frame markets from scratch. He’d often be the first in Australia to publish fixed-price markets on race meetings – with no other book’s prices to compare against. Rival bookmakers would simply scrape his prices once they were released and copy and paste them as their own.

“That was nerve-wracking at times, of course!” he said.

“Going up first, you’ve done an entire card of eight or nine races from your own figures and you just know that there’s hundreds (or more) punters out there waiting to seize on any one mistake you’ve made on one horse. And it’s not like punting, of course, where you can just pick the horses and races you like and ignore the rest – you have to price the lot. But overall we did pretty well and made very few errors.”

The ‘copy and paste’ culture of pricing has now taken hold at all major bookies. Gareth’s skills were no longer required… so he’s now betting for himself and has made a profitable start to it.

You can read more about the evolution of Gareth’s punting, and the market, right here.

Gareth Phillips: What others say

He’s been in the betting industry for his entire working life – over 30 years now – and the references we received about Gareth from other pro punters and figures in the betting industry were a big part of why we wanted him on the Champion Bets team.

The Risk and Trading Director of Sportingbet / Centrebet had this to say:

“During my 13 years with the combined businesses I hired and fired about 20 analysts. Not only did Gareth Phillips outperform all of them in terms of results, but he also demonstrated a work ethic that was second to none.”

And this from Ladbrokes, where he was a Racing Trader and Senior Form Analyst from 2014 to 2019:

“Gareth Phillips was responsible for trading and providing prices for horse racing including some of the most iconic races in Australia. The position required excellent analytical skills as well as the ability to liaise between different departments. Success was dependent on strong attention to detail and efficient work processes. These are all characteristics which defined Gareth.”

Aaron Barby, highly successful former Champion Bets analyst, has known Gareth for quite some time. His feedback was typical of what we received from everybody we asked:

“I’ve known Gareth for years and have worked alongside him at times. He’s a ripper bloke and a ripper judge. His years of bookmaker experience means he knows the game from the inside out. Framing markets is second nature to him, having done it for so long. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone with more passion and knowledge of the great game. He finds value, and he finds winners.”

What does Gareth’s Winners look like?

Gareth relies heavily on his database to identify potential bets right across Australia, and is then able drill down further on these opportunities and monitor conditions throughout the day to ultimately decide when to pull the trigger.

So while the rest of us are busy with work or other stuff, he’s there in front of his computer doing the form work for us!

Here’s what members can expect:

  • First thing each morning, members receive the details of potential bets for the day. Gareth details the horses across Australia that have been identified by his database, and gives some runner comments one each.
  • As races of interest draw closer throughout the day, Gareth advises official bets along with recommended stakes for each
  • Gareth can and does bet almost anywhere. His database can identify runners for him right across the country, so that’s where he’ll direct his energies in further form study. While traditionally focused on New South Wales and South-East Queensland, Gareth’s database is enabling him to also find value elsewhere, particularly Victoria.
  • Gareth does the form and bets 5 or 6 days per week. You can expect around 20-25 of his best value bets per week in total.
  • All bets include the stake, price or dividend type to take, and a short commentary on the horse’s chances.
  • All updates are sent directly to your email, and your mobile via our app. You just place the bet!

You can have one of Australia's most experienced betting pros doing the form for you and sending you bets. Just click here to get involved with Gareth's Winners.

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